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Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Re: Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by OutdoorEnvy on Today at 09:12:03 AM »
Yes boats are crazy expensive today.  boats classified as "tournament" series fully outfitted are as much as a house.  It's just nuts.  Best deals I have seen for used boats usually come from folks who are selling due to either moving or health/age reasons and have taken good care of it.  As for fishing gear and lures it's kind a sport/hobby than can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be.  I've tried to remain fairly simple in that I have baits to fit the weather and water conditions for species but that's about it.  If a bait seems to work well I buy more so I have some.  If it doesn't catch much I'll work it out of the rotation.  Well let us know how the fishing goes and how the cleaned up rods and reels do.  I just recently had two reels break on the same day.  Parts for both is like $30-40 so I may have to just get new reels for a little more.  15ish years of yearly use is about all you can ask for I suppose. 
Hunting, Fishing and Trapping / Reclaiming & Reconditioning
« Last post by Moe M. on Today at 08:00:11 AM »
  For the last few years my fishing has been relegated to trout fishing,  I've been using the same two ultra light spinning rigs and a custom built fly rod,  I do ok with the spinning rods but really suck at fly fishing,  my biggest problem is that there's so many species of flies available it boggles the mind, then there's rod weight, line weight, floating line, sinking line, weight forward line, tippets, and more,  I keep trying but after wrapping the line around my neck trying to back cast a couple of times I usually put it away and go back to my spinning gear.
  I've had several Bass Boats over the years and did a lot of Bass fishing, my last boat didn't get much action for a while and I in a fit dumbness sold it thinking I can always buy another one if I want to, but that was ten years ago, have you checked the prices of fully equipped fishing boats lately,  so I have to be happy with my two canoes or bank fishing.
  I'm rambling again,  so lately I'm getting a little bored with trout fishing and thinking about Bluegills and Bucket Mouths,  now around hear they pretty much occupy the same waters,  our Large Mouth bass can run heavy, and our Bluegills get dinner plate size and fight like crazy, so my UL 5' rod and reel with 4# test mono ain't going to survive a six or seven pound Bass once it get's into the weeds.
  I'm at Wally World buying a new coffee maker last week and of course I have to check out the sporting goods dept. for possible sales, I found nothing I needed, but did get sticker shock at the prices of some of their fishing combo rods and reels.
  Then I remembered I have a half dozen old spinning rods and reels, a few bait casting combos and some other stuff left over from my bass fishing days stored in the basement collecting dust, cobwebs, and whatever else in a corner somewhere,  It didn't take long to find the stuff, it looked pretty bad but I always kept my gear up pretty well, so I brushed off most of the years of accumulated debris off of them and picked out a couple of rigs to get started trying to recondition them if possible.
  The two I chose had Browning medium action 6-1/2 foot spinning rods, mounted on them were a pair of Garcia Mitchell mod. 300 spinning reels,  the rods cleaned up well and the coated handles are still in good shape (the wonders of a little water and Dawn dish soap),  the Reels still functioned fine but were quite a bit sluggish, after taking one of them apart (they don't build reels like those anymore, all the parts are metal except for the spool body, the gears are machined) I cleaned all the old grease, lightly lubed all the parts and put it back together it works like new,  I stripped the spool and will be refilling it with new line this afternoon.
  The second reel is on my bench ready to get the same treatment,  once those are completed I'll move on to a couple of others,  in years past I probably wouldn't have spent the time reconditioning them and would have purchased new ones,  today I have plenty of time, and I enjoy puttering around with those types of things,  plus, with a lot of these things refurbishing is more practical, it's hard to find the kind of quality in gear today that was common place back in the mid 1900's and before.
General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Today at 12:29:14 AM »
I had a first for me wildlife spotting today.

About 5 miles from home I crested a hill and standing at the side of the road was a piebald whitetail deer. I had heard that there have been some in our area in the past, but I had never seen one before, and I see deer every day either in our yard or on my way to work. She was almost all white with hand size brown patches. Since I was driving there was no chance to get a picture.
I grew up on Whidbey Is in Puget Sound in Washington.  The resident deer were Coastal Blacktails.  In a very short time, the population got out of control on the island.  They used to keep a huge record board at the ferry landing where the Game Dept had their check station, since a lot of mainlanders hunted on the island.
Because of the game density, the season on the island (only) was 30 days, either sex.  I remember seeing the records of 4-point bucks (that's 10 pt Eastern Count) weighing in at 60 pounds. Most of the deer on the island were the size of a Great Dane. My first deer was a fork-horn (4 pt Eastern) that my grandfather weighed at 35 pounds, guts and all.  :-\
The point of my story is that we'd go out year around spotting deer just to see how many we could count. The record was 120 deer in 2 1/2 hrs. 
At least 20% of the deer on that island in those days were piebald.  They looked like pinto ponies.  The game department said it was caused by a combination of poor nutrition, and in-breeding.  Whidbey Island is 70 miles long, and 16 miles at it's widest point, but no point is more than 2 miles from the Sound.  A census they took in the 1950s estimated 100,000 deer on the island.  That's when they extended the season and made it either sex. 5 years later they took another census and the count was up to 200,000 deer!  Oops...
So the Game Dept brought 15 mature mule deer bucks in from Eastern Washington and released them. I only heard of one ever being shot, and the guy thought he'd shot an elk!  It field dressed just over 200 lbs.  Within another 5 years, the game census at the ferry dock was showing 3-pt bucks (8 pt Eastern) being weighed in at 130-150 lbs. Those ol' mule deer musta thought they died and went to heaven. :lol:  In 15 years, the deer population was cut by 70%.
General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Apercula on Today at 12:07:38 AM »
I had a first for me wildlife spotting today.

About 5 miles from home I crested a hill and standing at the side of the road was a piebald whitetail deer. I had heard that there have been some in our area in the past, but I had never seen one before, and I see deer every day either in our yard or on my way to work. She was almost all white with hand size brown patches. Since I was driving there was no chance to get a picture.
General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 10:04:16 PM »
The one thing I love about wildlife photography is how much you learn about their behavior.   
While waiting for the 'money shot', I found the female bank swallow would wait at the entrance of the birdhouse for the male to bring her food so she wouldn't have to leave her eggs.  She'd position herself just like a fledgling, waiting to be fed.  If he didn't bring her enough in a timely manner, she'd leave the nest and he would take her place on the nest, waiting patiently for her return.
Animals and humans...what's the diff?  LOL

Self-Made Knives / Re: Grandpa's buck
« Last post by JeffG on Yesterday at 07:09:04 PM »
How did you attach the antler to the tang?

Nice catch, Wolfy!  The tang was a rectangular shank, like most tangs; waaaay too big for the antler. The first maple block behind the guard is epoxied over the tang, nice and solid.I belt sanded the maple and the tang as one unit to the approx 45 degree angle(flush). I drilled a hole half- way into the maple block just above the tang. I epoxied and threaded a 3 inch stainless sheet metal screw into that hole. After it set,  I drilled the cocobolo for a close fit over the screw, and drilled the antler for a threaded fit to the screw. The leather spacer between the wood and the antler acted as a crush washer to allow correct indexing of the antler. The whole assembly was glued together with epoxy, and sanded and filed to shape. It's a solid assembly.
Self-Made Knives / Re: Grandpa's buck
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 05:13:12 PM »
I reckon you could skin a critter with those.  Nice work.
Self-Made Knives / Re: Grandpa's buck
« Last post by wolfy on Yesterday at 04:23:47 PM »
Very pretty set.....NICE work, Jeff! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

How did you attach the antler to the tang? :shrug:
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: Anti bushcrating area for the wife...
« Last post by xj35s on Yesterday at 02:32:41 PM »
Well, As usual life just got in the way. This is as far as we are going for a while. It's 42 80lb bags and 56 60lb bags. We could really go one more pallet but we had an accident.

We came upon a Chevy Suburban stopped dead in the driving lane. No brake lights, no 4 ways, and on the blind side of a hill.
I jerked the wheel and decked the brakes but still made corner contact with him. if we hit straight on all four of us and the four rabbits in the back of his truck would have been very injured. his tow hitch and my front bumper might have folded them both in half.
As it turns out we just mushed together and we ended up crossing the ditch and hitting a tree stump that stopped my truck pretty quick. It bent the drag link and possibly the tie rod. the wheels are toed out. I will drill the pinch welds and have the body shop re weld this bent inner fender piece. crumple zone did it's job...

Up close and ugly.

So we were looking at a Chevy Equinox but the 4 cylinder is weak and the v6 is not really available. We test drove a Nissan Rogue Select with a 4 cylinder and a CVT transmission. I like the transmission it works like a snowmobile. It's a 2015 with 25,000 miles on it. This will give us the gas mileage and dog friendly travel to get out and do more hiking/camping. I never took the ford more than 100 mile radius of the house.

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